Empowerment and employment for former child slaves
By Jacqueline Frost | Development and Communications Manager
This former child slave owns her own repair shop
We have changed the name of our Indentured Daughters Program to Empowering Freed Kamlari because we accomplished what we set out to do in 2000 and have helped bring to an end the terrible practice of child slavery in Nepal known as Kamlari.
NYF is now helping thousands of these former indentured servants move towards a brighter future by offering them education, counseling, job skills, advocacy training, and economic support.
An estimated 300 Kamlari remain in servitude, and we will continue this important work to secure their freedom. Our focus now is on helping the more than 12,000 girls we have rescued build new and productive lives.
This is how we are doing it:
We helped the young women form their own organization called the Freed Kamlari Development Forum and have taught them the skills to lead the anti-Kamlari movement. NYF gives financial support and offers training in leadership, entrepreneurship, cooperative management and organizational development.
NYF negotiated with the Nepal government to offer scholarships to Kamlari robbed of their educations. Thousands of former child slaves are now attending school.
Not every young woman is academic and we have a wide range of vocational trainings available for those girls who want to learn a marketable skill. After extensive career and aptitude counseling, girls can choose training in dressmaking, computer technology, cooking, poultry farming, junior engineering, and community medical assistant.
We help entrepreneurial young women establish business cooperatives. The girls have established 37 such co-ops with more than 3,000 members. NYF funds low-interest micro loans for businesses such as poultry farming, vegetable production, carpentry, and auto-repair.
NYF files lawsuits against employers to obtain just compensation for the freed girls and their families.
In 2014, NYF’s Empowering Freed Kamlari Program has helped to put thousands of formerly indentured daughters on the path of freedom and self-reliance.
Thank you for helping to make a brighterr future for these girls!
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